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Lara Crawford

Lara Crawford's research centers on the design of state-of-the-art control, planning, and optimization algorithms for real physical systems.  Her current work encompasses modeling, control, and optimization in manufacturing and energy systems, the interface between planning and control, and the control and coordination of large-scale distributed systems. 

Dr. Crawford holds a Ph.D. in biophysics and an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an A.B. in physics from Harvard.


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Online reconfigurable machines

AI Magazine

Fall 2013


Data Center Optimization

1 January 2012

Recent trends in data center technology have created unprecedented new flexibility in data center configuration and operation, and yet there is still a substantial amount of wasted capacity and wasted energy in current data centers. 


Online planning to control a packaging infeed system

IAAI Conference on Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence

10 August 2011

Online planning for a material control system for liquid crystal display manufacturing

21st International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS)

11 June 2011

Integrated parallel printing systems with hypermodular architecture

IS&T-SPIE Electronic Imaging

24 January 2011


Hypermodular parallel printing systems


20 September 2009


Control of large-scale reconfigurable systems

Lockheed Martin ATC Colloquium

20 March 2008


Optimal tracking with a feedback-feedforward control separation over a network

American Control Conference (ACC) 2006

14 June 2006


Synchronization of state based control processes with delayed and asynchronous measurements

14th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

12 December 2005


Feedback control for real-time solving

Constraint Programming 2004 International Workshop on Constraint Solving under Change and Uncertainty

27 September 2004


A general constraint-based control framework with examples in modular self-reconfigurable robots

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2002)

2 October 2002

Efficient cooperative solvers for nonlinear continuous constraint problems

International Congress of Mathematical Software (ICMS) 2002

17 August 2002

Distributed adaptive constrained optimization for smart matter systems

Intelligent Distributed and Embedded Systems, Papers from the 2002 AAAI Spring Symposium

25 March 2002








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